Feel free to browse our library of topics and call us to schedule continuing education for you and your staff.
We work with a team of prosthetic and amputee researchers who help us design evidence based content as a foundation for our programs! Let us take care of the paperwork. Please schedule 45-60 days in advance to allow for proper application, Thanks.
Patient Recall Clinic
Evaluation by an expert, research funded and published OP specialist is a unique experience for your patient. Our specialists assist in generating revenue for your practice by maintaining the attraction of being outside credible specialists for your recall clinic, discussing the latest OP options, providing your patient with a detailed prescription and LOMN.
Bring the best part of the OP national meetings to your patients: the vendor displays in the convention hall! See the newest orthotics, components, feet, knees, and techniques from all of the major manufacturers! Pair this with “Patient Recall Clinic” and this will surely be an unforgettable day for your practice and patients!
CECs to Physical and Occupational Therapists
Therapists can complete their CECs easily through our OP Research University, sponsored by your practice, and delivered to you and your therapists at your facility or a specified location, like their clinic.
CMEs to Physicians
All medical professionals are required to complete continuing education. We offer a seamless solution through our OP Research University, sponsored by your practice, and delivered to your referring physician(s) at their office or your facility. Physicians will have a different perspective, when you deliver a needed commodity to them.
CECs to VA Orthotists & Prosthetists
A priceless opportunity! This is your chance to gain quality time with the local VA OP department, providing them with a needed service.
Current Topics in Prosthetic Research
Current Topics in Prosthetic Research (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT, CME): An overview course that is intended to provide knowledge and create an interest of current prosthetic research. The focus will mainly be that of USF research (and subsequent publications) and the collaboration of the prosthetists’ company, and their collaborative commitment to prosthetic outcome measures. It will also assist in gaging the medical professionals’ level of interest in research which could lead to a future collaborations of mutual interests. Fun!
Outcome Measures for the Medical Professional (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT, CME): An overview course of both laboratory measures used in research and practical clinical measures that are used in everyday practice to document progress. The focus of this presentation will be to provide current evidence and psychometric properties of outcome measures and instruments that can be used in physical medicine etiologies (i.e. amputees). This course is designed by current prosthetic and amputee researchers who have used and published research on many of the included outcome measures.
Prosthetic Interface Design
Prosthetic Interface Design (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT): A complete guide to transtibial and transfemoral prosthetic interface design. The interface is the most important aspect of the prosthesis. The prosthetic interface will support the amputee’s weight and suspend the prosthesis. There are many different techniques to achieve ideal interface fit. These techniques will be discussed from an evidence based standpoint. The medical professional will be guided through both PowerPoint and hands-on experience of identifying different interface design including indications, contraindications, advantages and disadvantages of materials and techniques.
Prosthetic Gait Deviations
Gait Deviations (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT, CME): -A complete guide to transtibial and transfemoral prosthetic gait deviations. Achieving optimum prosthetic gait could be contingent on many factors from amputation level to etiology to misalignment and poor interface design. The medical professional will be guided through both PowerPoint and hands-on experience of identifying deviations, addressing the prosthetic and patient reasons for the gait deviations and then the process and changes necessary to fix the deviations.
Amputation Level Choices
Amputation Level Choices; indications/ contraindications, advantages/disadvantages (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT, CME): partial foot, transtibial, knee disarticulation, transfemoral, hip disarticulation and hemipelvectomy amputation levels will be discussed. An overview course of interface design and component selection. This overview will provide both a power point and hands on interface overview. It will emphasize the importance of surgical level decisions and their biomechanical implications (i.e trans-metatarsal vs. ankle disarticulation, trans- femoral vs. Knee disarticulation). This presentation will outline the decisions the prosthetist makes in designing the interface/prosthesis and why the level of amputation will dictate those choices. This will provide the prosthetist with an opportunity to discuss anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics.
Prosthetic Gait Training Techniques
Prosthetic Gait Training Techniques (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT): -A complete guide to transtibial and transfemoral prosthetic gait training from early rehabilitation to advanced running techniques will be discussed. Achieving optimum prosthetic gait will be dependent on providing a basis for understanding techniques in strengthening, stretching, and weight shifting strategies. The medical professional will be guided through both PowerPoint and hands-on experience of identifying gait training techniques based on current evidence base protocols and programs.
Skin Care (1 Hour; ABC, OT, PT, CME): An overview course that is designed around current published research. The goal will be to outline dermatological problems that can and do occur with the amputee. It will review techniques in treatment from the prosthetic and medical perspective.
Elements of a Prosthetic Prescription
Elements of a Prosthetic Prescription (1 Hour; ABC, OT, PT, CME): A guideline course to teach the medical professional the complexities of appropriate prescription protocol. MFCL, ICD9, Taxonomies, L Coding and medical necessity will be covered. This will provide the prosthetist with an opportunity to interfact in regards of expectations and choices that effect the funcional outcome of the person living with limb loss.
The Effects of Pharmacological Choices on Prosthetic Fit
The Effects of Pharmacological and Dietary Choices on Prosthetic Fit (1 Hour; ABC, OT, PT, CME): A guideline course that will relate the effects of common pharmacological needs of the typical lower limb amputee to prosthetic fit and function. Systemic drugs used for phantom sensation, neuropathy, PVD, and Diabetes will be covered. The importance of weight control, fitness and diet of the amputee will also be discussed from the perspective of implications on prosthetic fit and gait. Side effects that may effect prosthetic fit and function will be thoroughly discussed.
Surgical Techniques of Amputation (1 Hour; ABC, OT, PT, CME): This is a literature review of amputation surgical techniques. It will also outline the potential benefits of the different amputation techniques and the prosthetic implications (i.e. Ertl vs. traditional TT, posterior flap vs. sagittal flap, knee and ankle disarticulation, HO and neuroma removal). It is an opportunity to discuss current evidence based guidelines regarding amputation.
Post Operative Amputation Care
Post Operative Amputation Care (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT, CME): This is a literature review, a guideline, and a presentation of options that the medical professional has for immediate and early post-operative care. It is an opportunity to learn the many options that the person with limb loss has following an amputation as they progress through rehabilitation. Options for limb protection, progression of weight bearing and edema control will be discussed.
Upper Limb Prosthetic Experience
Upper Limb Prosthetic Experience (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT, CME): An overview of upper limb prosthetic limb fittings in which upper limb “prostheses” are made for able bodied medical professionals. A power point tutorial of function and component selection is provided and the medical professional is then taught how to donn, use and doff an upper extremity prosthesis by means of experiencing the fit of the prosthesis. The goal is to provide a hands-on experience that facilitates a unique way for the prosthetist to teach the medical professional the experience of being an upper extremity amputee.
Lower Limb Prosthetic Experience
Lower Limb Prosthetic Experience (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT, CME): An overview of lower limb prosthetic limb fittings in which lower limb “prostheses” are made for able bodied medical professionals. A power point tutorial of function and component selection is provided and the medical professional is then taught how to use a lower extremity prosthesis by means of experiencing the fit of the prosthesis. The goal is to provide a hands-on experience that facilitates a unique way for the prosthetist to teach the medical professional the experience of being a lower extremity amputee.
Transfemoral Brimless Interface, Vacuum Assisted Suspension Technique
Transfemoral Brimless Interface, Vacuum Assisted Suspemnsion Technique (1-8 Hours; ABC, OT, PT, CME): Vacuum assisted suspension is an emerging suspension technique which offers improved total contact which can lead to superior prosthetic control. Alternative interface design may be used in conjunction with vacuum assisted suspension to increase range of motion and improve comfort. Recent publications have demonstrated functional equivalence to standard of care ischial rams containment techniques. This course is designed to be a short overview of current published research on the topic and can include a fitting of patient who wishes to try vacuum assisted brimless design.
Microprocessor Knee Literature Review
Microprocessor Knee Literature Review (1-3 Hours; ABC, OT, PT, CME): Microprocessor knees are the standard of care for transfemoral amputees. Many recent reports have shown microprocessor knees to reduce stumbles and falls, increase walking speed, improve ramp and stair descent, and improve confidence, subjective opinion and overall function. This program is an overview of recent peer reviewed publications that outline the benefits of microprocessor knees.
Epidemiology and Statistics of Amputation
Epidemiology and Statistics of Amputation (1 Hour; ABC, OT, PT, CME): This course is an overview of incidence, prevalence, level and etiology of people living with limb loss in the US and world wide.